There are many posts that deal with various problems related to the subject of this post. Among the many I have looked at I have not found any that address the specific issue I have.
The computer is a Dell Poweredge 1600SC server running Win2k Server. We have not had need to shutdown the server for a long time. A current performance issue has caused us to reboot twice in the past day.
Upon rebooting the system it hangs partway through the BIOS phase of startup. I cannot access BIOS or use the other keys to access utilities etc when this happens. When I hit the reset button the computer reboots normally.
The hang up is clearly abnormal but I am at a loss as to what steps to take to define the cause of the hang up.